Friday, October 28, 2011
While it may be a little dreary at times in the winter, it is beautiful in the summer.
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is near my parents house, as well as other local parks.
My family loves hiking, so many of our days were spent enjoying this….
Florida is great, but they don’t have green trees or forests quite like this. Oh, and don't forget the fall colors! It's been 8 years since I've seen northern fall. I always heard non-native Floridians say they miss the seasons, and I thought they were crazy. Who wouldn't love warm weather all the time.
Now I get it!
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I’m not the biggest fan of bibs, but don’t want him covered in spit. What do you think? Bib, or no bib?
Monday, October 24, 2011
This is only the third picture of our little family! There are a ton of pictures of Kyton, some of Kyton and Dylan, a handful with me and Kyton, and three of our family.
I love my camera, but it is difficult for strangers to use. How do you make sure to have plenty of family pictures?
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday we switched roles and Dylan took over care of our Kyton. This was me before work. It was a work day, so I didn’t have to dress up hence the casual clothes. Walking out the door was hard, but I’m sure much easier than if I left him at daycare with a stranger. I KNOW he’s in good hands.
I came home at lunch to find this…
A happy baby, and an appropriate shirt! He was even wearing pants, since it is finally cool enough around here to do so.
Apparently Dylan’s hair was messy, so I was only allowed this picture of his stay at home dad (for that day) wardrobe.
During Dylan’s first day as a stay at home dad he managed to keep the baby happy, fed and even got him down for a few naps. This in itself would have been enough for me, but I realized that he also cleaned the bathrooms, fixed the ice-cream scoop, washed the dishes and put them away and ran a load of laundry. He even made me dinner since we were going to a friend’s house and they would have only food I don’t eat. On my very first day at home with Ky, granted the baby was a week old, I only managed to feed him, and don’t even think I found time to eat myself.
Sounds like Superman to me!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I am going back to work on Friday. I should start by saying that I really enjoy my job and find it incredibly fulfilling. Like most, if not all new moms I’m having a hard time being away from my baby. The longest stretch of time that I’ve been away from my little boy was 3 hours. I can count on my hand the number of times we’ve been apart from each other. I know that I am incredibly lucky that I’ve been able to spend his first 18 weeks with him. I know many working moms don’t have that opportunity, so I am trying to keep it in perspective. Part of me feels like I would be less attached to him if I had gone to work earlier, but then I realize it is never easy.
I feel like I’ve been living a dream these past 18 weeks. I love babies, and love MY baby even more. It’s always been a dream of mine to be a stay at home mom. My days consisted of taking care of and playing with my sweet little boy. We also got to know other babies, moms, and dads through a few groups that we are a part of. We would meet for play dates at houses, or local attractions, and kept busy pretty much every day of the week.
For the time being Dylan is taking FMLA and will be staying home with Kyton, making the transition slightly easier. I won’t have to worry about getting a baby off to daycare, and while I am feeding Kyton in the morning Dylan can pack my lunch and bring me breakfast. Since I am not allowed to nurse at work, the plan is for Dylan to bring Kyton to me so that I can feed him in the car just off property during my 30 minute lunch.
If you pray, would you say a prayer for our family as we make this difficult transition?
Since no post is complete without pictures of my little red-head, here are a few shots from one of our daily photo sessions.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I’m happy to report that I’ve continued my tradition of taking a picture a day of my boy. ( 1 month in pictures, 2 months in pictures, 3 months in pictures) I’ll be honest, some days I just take a picture to get it in, and other days I get really into it. I find it difficult to take my camera with me when I go out since there is so much baby gear these days, so most of the time the picture is taken at home. Enjoy!
Sept 19 – For the second week in a row Kyton had an 8 oz. lunch. He stayed in the nursery for the first time at the hospital while mommy worked out. This was the first time he was cared for by non-family and he did great.
Sept 25 – We had a Steeler’s party & dressed Ky up in black and Gold. Started using B sound and buzzing lips. Kyton tried out the jumparoo for the first time. He enjoyed it, but only for a short time.
October 3 – Kyton is still steadily gaining weight. We had a nice time at baby group today, and Kyton fell asleep as we were leaving. He remained asleep in the car, and transferred to his bed. He slept about 3 hours total!
October 10 – Kyton was a real ham today at baby group. He was talking with all of the babies and their mom’s. He became a little adjitated when Renee did not talk back to him. Mommy was a little relieved that Kyton did not gain anything in the past week.
October 11 – We were supposed to meet some friends at the splash pad today, but the rain interfered. Took a walk with mommy, and another walk later on with mommy and daddy. Kyton really enjoyed bath time today.
October 17- Our normal Monday routine included a visit to the nursery at the hospital, where Kyton was wonderful as always, followed by baby group. Kyton was great afterwards, so we did some shopping.
I go back to work at the end of this week, so I’m not sure if I’ll be motivated to, or able to keep up with the picture a day. Also, I used larger pictures this month. Was it easier to see, or did the post seem too long? Thanks for visiting!